Gerald Richard Barnes

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Gerald Richard Barnes
Bishop of San Bernardino
Archdiocese Los Angeles
Diocese San Bernardino
Appointed December 28, 1995
Installed March 12, 1996
Predecessor Phillip Francis Straling
Ordination December 20, 1975
Consecration March 18, 1992
by Phillip Francis Straling, Patrick Flores, and Curtis J. Guillory
Personal details
Born (1945-06-22) June 22, 1945 (age 71)
Phoenix, Arizona
Nationality American
Denomination Catholic Church
Styles of
Gerald Richard Barnes
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Gerald Richard Barnes (born June 22, 1945) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He is the second and current Bishop of San Bernardino.


Gerald Barnes was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, where he and his siblings worked at their parents' grocery store. He was ordained to the priesthood, for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, on 20 December 1975.

On 28 January 1992, Barnes was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Bernardino, California and Titular Bishop of Mons Faliscus by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on 18 March 1992 from Bishop Philip Straling, with Archbishop Patrick Flores and Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: "Amar Es Entregarse", meaning, "Love is delivered" Barnes was later named the second Bishop of San Bernardino on 28 December 1995 and installed on March 12, 1996. In his episcopal ministry, Bishop Barnes has established the 4 Core Values and explained the Diocesan Vision.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Barnes currently chairs the Committee on Migration and Refugee Services. In that post, he has described the "current immigration system" as responsible for "family separation, suffering, and even death" and "is morally unacceptable and must be reformed".[1] He formerly chaired the Committee on Hispanic Affairs from 1996 to 1999.


Under the guidance and support of Bishop Gerald Barnes, the Diocese of San Bernardino is privileged to have three high schools, twenty-three elementary schools and three pre-schools to serve the families in the Diocese. In 2001, Bishop Barnes, through the assistance of the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools inaugurated the Annual Bishops'Golf Classic. Funds raised from the annual golf tournament are used offer scholarships to families who are not able to afford a Catholic education for their children. During Bishop Barnes' tenure, 4 of the Diocese's elementary schools have closed. These include schools in Barstow, Banning, Apple Valley[2] and San Bernardino.[3] Currently, the High Desert portion of the Diocese has no Catholic schools.


On 11 March 2014, Barnes, citing economic benefits and good citizenship, encouraged his flock to sign up for insurance under Obamacare.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USCCB. Bishop Calls For Reform Of ‘Morally Unacceptable’ Immigration System July 27, 2007,
  2. ^ Victor Valley Daily Press 1/22/2009
  3. ^ San Bernardino County Sun 6/11/2011
  4. ^ "" (PDF). Diocese of San Bernardino. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Bishop urges faithful to sign up for Obamacare". Patheos. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Phillip Francis Straling
Bishop of San Bernardino
Succeeded by